"When we get out of the glass bottle of our ego and when we escape like the squirrels in the cage of our personality and get into the forest again, we shall shiver with cold and fright. But things will happen to us so that we don't know ourselves. Cool, unlying life will rush in. . ."
We will hold at least two worktrips this fall, in cooperation with Potomac Appalachian Trail Club. On Oct.18, we will continue constructing a new mile-long trail along Cub Run in Bull Run Regional Park, Centreville, VA. On Nov. 15, we wil
The Potomac Heritage Trail along Goose Creek is in its best shape ever. Compared to this time a year ago, the trail is more beaten-in, and less overgrown. Word-of-mouth is spreading. The trailhead at Riverside Parkway (Coton Bridge) has been widened and made more prominent (see before and after photos below), with signage that invites passersby to explore the whole 5 miles to Bles Park.
The trail parallels an old canal intended to go up Goose Creek from the Potomac to Aldie. The owner went bankrupt, but exactly ONE barge made the trip. The area looks a lot like sections of the C&O or parts of the canal systems in Great Falls National Park. It cries out for interpretive signage. Pending...
Five volunteers pitched in to improve our new trail at Cub Run. We installed a sign post at the event center driveway (see photo), and weed-whacked our way for about a half mile east from there.
Two trail bridges (8' and 10' long) near the sign post are already in (photo below). We intended to install two more similar bridges but found that some of the lumber we had stored earlier was missing.
The eastern half of the trail is not open yet due to overgrowth beyond the point where we had to turn back. But you can hike a half mile east from the fence post, and return the way you came.
We'll be back to work on this...
White’s Ford Regional Park, a beautiful 295-acre property along the Potomac just north of Leesburg, officially opened on June 9. At the opening ceremony, PHTA presented George Tabb, former manager of many park properties key to the Potomac Heritage Trail, with our Trail Champion of the Year award. George was instrumental in helping create a 9-mile stretch of continuous trail between Algonkian Park and Riverbend Park in Loudoun/Fairfax Counties.
White’s Ford is best known as the place where the Confederate Army crossed into Maryland in 1862 on their way to the Battle of Antietam. Seven weeks later, federal troops used the ford to assist in the continuing campaign back in Virginia, and Jubal Early crossed here after his July 1864...
The South County Federation invited me to speak at their monthly meeting at Lorton, VA on June 10, 2014. I spoke of three major new opportunities for trail connectivity in the area. First, at the cliffs of the Occoquan at the Fairfax Water/Vulcan Quarry (see my blog from last month). Second, the possible trail connections if both the old county landfill and the private (ESI) landfill become parks with trails. Third, the possible route at Fort Belvoir. Click on the link below for my power point presentation with detailed maps.
On Saturday, June 7 (National Trails Day), the Cross County Trail (CCT) was named in honor of Congressmen Gerry Connolly, because of his many actions to make the trail become a reality. Speakers included Chairman Sharon Bulova, Supervisor Hyland of Mt. Vernon, Tom Howe of MORE, and me. Connolly, formerly Chairman of Fairfax County's Board of Supervisors, spoke of how he was able to get unanimous and enthusiastic support from the rest of the board for the CCT. Gerry also helped make the concept of trail connectivity an integral part of the county's planning process--a major change. The ceremony was held at Giles Meadow, along the CCT, now officially the GCCCT!
What: we will clean up & improve the Potomac Heritage National Scenic Trail on Powell’s Creek. Things to do for all ages and abilities. Tools not necessary to participate. Find out more and register at www.pwtsc.org, click on events..
When: June 7, 9am-3pm
Where: meet at the end of Radcliffe Lane, Woodbridge, VA
for phone registration or with any questions
Workday Sponsored by:
Prince William Trails and Streams CoalitionPotomac Heritage Trail AssociationPrince William County Parks & RecWoodbridge Supervisor Frank Principi...